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Wrestle Kingdom 10 Part 2 Presented by NJPW and AXSTV

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      We reviewed Part 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 10 earlier this week. Last night, AXSTV and New Japan Pro Wrestling brought us Part 2 of the January 4, 2016 matches from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The first broadcast was amazing and so this one is expected to be just as good.

      The first bout is the first ever Never Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship featuring Toru Yano, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe against Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, and Tama Tonga. Before the match starts Yano spits and throws water on his opponents and all six men start brawling with each other. It’s chaos in the early going as The Briscoes double team Takahashi outside the ring. Yano and Tonga finally slow things down as the legal men fighting in the ring with their respective teammates on the apron. Yano is isolated in the corner and Bad Luck Fale is tagged in. He sits on Yano’s chest to try and get the pin, but he kicks out at two. All three Bullet Club members get in the ring and triple-team Yano after taking out The Briscoes. Fale squashes him in the corner and Yano desperately needs to make a tag.

      Mark Briscoe gets the tag against Takahashi and puts on a nice series of offense. Takahashi counters with a fisherman’s buster and then tags Tonga in. Jay Briscoe gets the tag and plants Tonga, cover but kick out. Huge neckbreaker by Jay but Tonga again kicks out. Jim Ross  and Josh Barnett question the slow count by the ref. Tonga takes control for a moment but Jay battles back. Jay gets Tonga up on his shoulder trying to slam him down, but Tonga holds on to the top rope for dear life. Yano runs over with a steel chair and smashes it down on Tonga’s hands, forcing him to let go. Mark leaps off the top rope and hits Doomsday Device with his brother, planting Tonga. Jay covers for the three count and the team of Jay and Mark Briscoe and Yano are the first ever Never Openweight 6-Man Tag Champions!

      The second match of the night is Los Ingobernables de Japon member and villainous heel Tetsuya Naito taking on Hirooki Goto. His fellow Los Ingobernables members, Bushi and EVIL, accompany Naito to the ring which is not good news for his opponent, Goto, who comes out all alone. Naito attacks a camera man before the match for getting too close to him. Before the match starts EVIL and Bushi attack Goto from behind. Naito rolls in and starts fighting Goto as the bell rings. But Goto isn’t staying down for long, he forces Naito to roll out of the ring with his attack. As Goto starts fighting Naito, EVIL attacks from behind and viciously throws Goto into the steel guard rail. Ouch.

      EVIL puts a chair on Gotos neck and then whacks it with another chair. Naito sets up a table and gets Goto up on the apron. Naito hits a neckbreaker into the table on Goto. Back in the ring, Goto hits a sunset flip powerbomb off the top rope which is really amazing. He covers, but Naito miraculously kicks out at two and we head to commercial. When we return, Naito and Goto battle in the center of the ring. Naito hits a hurricanrana off the top rope and gets a near fall on Goto. The two trade forearms in the middle and work the crowd into a frenzy. Goto picks up Naito and hits a neckbreaker, driving Naito down onto his knee. Goto tries to kick Naito, but Naito grabs his foot and swings it into the ref, knocking him to the mat. Doesn’t take long for EVIL to come in and hold Goto as Bushi spits mist at him.

      But Goto moves and the mist hits EVIL. Goto plants Bushi and turns to face Naito. Naito kicks Goto in the groan and covers. The ref has recovered, he counts but only a two count. Goto lifts Naito and hits his Shouten Kai suplex finisher. He covers and that’s the ball game. Goto wins an incredible match! Nice final couple of minutes at the end of that one with lovely back and forth with everyone setting up a strong finish. Really enjoyed that one. Goto stands alone and overcomes incredible odds. After the match, he is interviewed backstage and asked about his victory. He says it was sort of a hollow victory because he was fighting Naito and it wasn’t for a title. He also says he has never wrestled in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom. He says this year he will become the face of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

      The final match of the night was for the IWGP Tag Team Championship with champs Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows being challenged by Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma. Anderson and Honma start things off. Anderson rakes the eyes of Honma and then moves out of the way of Honma’s falling headbutt. Gallows tagged in and he punches Honma in the corner. Anderson gets back in and misses with a running senton. Honma tags in Makabe. He makes easy work of Anderson, forcing him to roll out of the ring and regroup. Honma and Makabe double team Gallows, knocking him outside the ring as well. All four men fight out on the floor. Gallows throws Makabe into the guard rail and then clocks him with a chain, as Anderson distracts the ref.

      Back in the ring, Anderson clobbers Makabe with strikes. Gallows tags in and continues attacking Makabe. Honma is outside the ring with blood on the back of his head. Hasn’t stirred much for a few moments. Gallows and Anderson double team Makabe. Anderson covers three times, but Makabe kicks out each time. Makabe with a hard clothesline on Anderson and finally Honma has recovered. Makabe tags him in and he slams Gallows then drops a headbutt on Anderson. Honma chops Anderson in the corner, whips him to the other but Anderson recovers and kicks him away. Gallows trips Honma up and then gets in the ring to help Anderson hit a couple of moves into a cover. Makabe interrupts the count and keeps his team alive.

      Gallows and Anderson set up Honma for the Magic Killer but Makabe breaks it up and knocks Gallows out of the ring. Headbutt on Anderson by Honma. He slams Anderson and then hits the top rope. Unfortunately, Gallows runs in and punches him, stunning Honma. Anderson tries to get a Gun Stun off the top rope, but Honma jumps down onto the apron. Back in the ring, Anderson hits a brutal running powerbomb on Honma but the small man kicks out at two and three-quarters. Honma counters two Gun Stuns in the ring and then headbutts Anderson. Both men are down. Both Gallows and Makabe are tagged in. Nelson Powerslam on Makabe and Gallows covers, but only a near fall. Anderson and Gallows try to tag team Makabe, but he knocks them both down with a double clothesline.

      Makebe and Gallows collide with each other and Makabe wins that exchange with a clothesline. Makabe and Honma set up Anderson for a Headbutt Doomsday Device off the top rope. Honma slams Gallows and then hits a falling headbutt. Makabe climbs the top rope and hits a King Kong Knee Drop and covers. One. Two. Three! Honma and Makabe win! This is the 39-year-old Honma’s first ever championship in the company! What a moment. Wow, fantastic match. After the match, Honma says it is a dream come true. He thanks Makabe and says this is all because of him. The DVR shows another new episode next Friday so you know we’ll be here with coverage. Maybe some Wrestle Kingdom 10 Part 3?? We can only hope. Just a wonderful program with three great matches.


Article by Jamie Curtis Bakerfotoflexer_photo

@MrNotWell

New Japan Pro Wrestling Match Results and Feedback (09.23.2016)

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      Tonight’s matches are from December 19th, 2015 in Korakuen Hall all the way from Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. The first bout on he card is straight out of Mexico as Mascara Dorada defends his CMLL World Welterweight Championship against Japan’s Bushi, a member of Los Ingobernables. You may recognize Dorada from WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic as Gran Metalik. Before the match can begin, one of Bushi’s partners, Naito attacks Dorada. After the bell rings, the winded Dorada is thrown out of the ring and planted on the ground. High-flying action to begin. Back in the ring, Dorada takes control with a dropkick off the ropes. This one goes in and out of the ring several times, much to the crowd’s delight. Energetic offense really showcases the skill of both wrestlers.

      Missile dropkick off the top rope by Bushi and Dorada is down. He recovers and walks across the top rope, hitting a splash on Bushi. Naito tries to help Bushi, but Goto, there in support of Dorada, breaks that up and the pair battle outside the ring. Goto throws Naito into the barricade and kicks him. They fight out into the crowd. Bushi is down and Dorada hits a moonsault off the top rope. Cover, but Bushi somehow kicks out at two and a half. The third member of Los Ingobernables, EVIL, enters the ring to distract the ref. Bushi spits green mist in the face of Dorada, low blows him and bridges him into a cover. Dorada kicks out. Bushi off the top rope hits an MX and pins to win the title! After the match Bushi says before the end of the year he will also win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship which seems unlikely. Maybe he means 2016?

      The second and final match on the card features some tag team action. The team of Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata taking on Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii. Tanahashi and Okada start as the crowd is all fired up, chanting. Grappling to start, which Tanahashi takes control of. Leg take down by Okada and both men are down grappling on the mat. They separate and the crowd applauds. The next tie up leads to Tanahashi getting a wrist lock that he breaks and steps back from against the ropes. Okada throws Tanahashi into the corner and tags Ishii in. Tanahashi goes and tags Shibata. He goes right after Ishii, putting him in a headlock. The two play a few mind games and then trade forearms. Shibata wins the exchange and then chops Ishii in the corner. He switches places and chops Shibata. Okada tries to interfere and Tanahashi runs across the ring, knocking him off the apron. Headbutt by Ishii.

      Okada holds out a boot and Ishii throws Shibata into it. He tags Okada who sliding dropkicks Shibata on the mat. Neckbreaker by Okada into a cover, but only a one count. Ishii is tagged back in and he kicks and chops Shibata. Okada tagged in and he whips Shibata into the corner. Slam into a stationary Senton and Shibata is reeling. Cover, but a kick out at one as we head into a commercial break. When we return, Shibata is still getting his ass beat by Okada. He throws Okada off the ropes and knees him in the gut. Tanahashi is tagged in and he drops Okada and then knocks Ishii off the apron. Rolling Senton and a cover, but Okada kicks out. Tanahashi dropkicks Okada in the left knee, then puts on a Texas Cloverleaf, but Okada reaches the ropes. Ishii tags in and sprints across the ring, knocking Shibata off the apron.

      Ishii chops Tanahashi into the corner. Then the two trade headbutts. Tanahashi loses that exchange and soon he is in a headlock on the mat. Tanahashi explodes with a Dragon Sleeper, flooring Ishii. He tags Shibata in who kicks Ishii down and then hits Okada off the apron. Running dropkick in the corner by Shibata and he has taken control. He suplexes Ishii and covers, but a kickout at two. Cross arm breaker submission by Shibata, transitioning into a triangle choke. Ishii squirms and screams. Tanahashi keeps Okada from getting in to break it up. Shibata puts more and more pressure on and finally Ishii breaks it by stretching a foot to the bottom rope. Shibata goes to work kicking Ishii. Tanahashi and Okada tag in and they go right after each other.

      Reverse neckbreaker by Okada. He climbs the top rope and drops an elbow on Tanahashi. He does The Rainmaker pose. Tanahashi dropkicks his knee again. Dragon Screw on the same knee and then a Texas Cloverleaf. Okada screams for his partner, but Shibata puts Ishii in an abdominal stretch. Red Shoes asks if Okada wants to quit. Ishii hip tosses Shibata and breaks the hold that Tanahashi has. Okada is writhing in pain and rubbing his knee as Tanahashi hits a sling blade off the ropes. He climbs the top rope, but Ishii blocks it and then suplexes Tanahashi off the second rope. Shibata takes Ishii down, but Okada dropkicks Shibata down! All four men on the mat as we head to what should be our last commercial.

      Tanahashi and Okada trade blows in the center ring when we return. Tanahashi slaps Okada, Okada uppercuts him to the mat. Crowd in a frenzy. Ishii and Shibata are tagged in. They both bounce of the ropes and attack each other. Suplexes traded back and forth. Ishii loses the exchange but both men are down. They get up and Shibata dropkicks Ishii and covers, but short count and a kick out. Chinlock by Shibata, but Okada stops it. Tanahashi throws Okada out of the ring and he and Shibata try to double team Ishii but he counters and plants them both! Sliding clothesline into a cover on Shibata, but he manages to kick out. This Tokyo crowd loves it. Great action throughout this one all the way.

      Choke by Shibata on Ishii. Okada dropkicks Shibata from behind. Shibata recovers and kicks Okada out of the ring. He tries to hit a Penalty Kick on Ishii, but it’s blocked. He headbutts and clothesline Ishii. He slams Ishii and Tanahashi hits High Fly Flow off the top rope. Penalty Kick by Shibata and he pins Ishii for the win! What an outstanding match. That one was fantastic from bell to bell. Trainers come in after the match to check on Ishii. Shibata gets on the mic and says Tanahashi will close the year out. He gives the mic to his partner who calls out Okada. The champ gets in the ring and they face each other. Tanahashi says he doesn’t care about money or love or tears. He is fighting with pride and it’s his pride against Okada because he wants to take NJPW to the next level. Okada says he doesn’t plan to embarrass himself at Tokyo Dome. After the match Tanahashi says there is no more baby or heel. There will just be a winner that will lead New Japan Pro Wrestling into the future.

      Awesome broadcast. Enjoyed that very much. As usual Jim Ross and Josh Barnett called a hell of a program. Great action and really got me excited for WrestleKingdom. The DVR says a new episode records next Friday so we’ll be there with the usual covers. Have a good Friday, wrestling fans!


Article by Jamie Curtis Baker20140601_175649

@MrNotWell

NJPW Match Results and Feedback (09.09.2016)

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      Friday’s episode featured two tag team matches from November 21, 2015 in Korakuen Hall. Both matches are in the World Tag League 2015 Tournament. Big time players in this one, so without further delay let’s review.

      The first match is a Block B Official Match featuring Tatsuya Naito and EVIL taking on Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows. EVIL comes to the ring wearing a purple and black cloak and hood, carrying a plastic scythe. Naito comes out wearing his silver skull mask. He gets to the ring and takes the mask off. Instead of Naito, it’s the masked wrestler Bushi. Crowd cheers despite Bushi having apparently now joined Los Ingobernables. Anderson and Gallows of The Bulletclub come out flying solo. Before the bell rings, all four men attack one another in an all out brawl. The bell rings and Anderson and Gallows isolate EVIL, getting him out of the ring. Then Naito gets attacked and dumped outside as well. In front of Bushi, Gallows throws EVIL into the guard rail.

      In the crowd, Anderson puts a hurting on Naito. Crowd in a rare frenzy. Anderson throws Naito out of the steel exit door and then joins Gallows ringside, who is beating EVIL with a chair. They get EVIL in the ring and Anderson takes control. Gallows goes to his tag corner. Naito is shown making his way slowly through the crowd. They spill outside the ring. EVIL puts a chair around the neck of Anderson and throws him into the steel post. Back in the ring, EVIL starts biting Anderson. This one is less of a wrestling match and more of a free-for-all. Ref is really letting them get away with everything but murder here.

      After a commercial break, EVIL and Anderson are actually wrestling in the ring. Spine buster by Anderson and he crawls towards Gallows for the tag. Gallows knocks Naito off the apron and kicks EVIL to the mat. Naito gets the tag and drops Gallows. EVIL comes in and they tag team Gallows into a cover after knocking Anderson off the apron. Two count. Naito attacks the ref in the corner. EVIL is down. Gallows and Anderson tag team Naito. Huge powerbomb by Gallows and a cover. EVIL breaks it up before the three count. Gallows and Anderson get EVIL out of the ring and continue double-teaming Naito. Gallows and Anderson try a Gun Stun. EVIL breaks it up. Kick by Naito on Gallows and then Bushi mists him on the apron. Gallows gets hit with a Tranquilo and Destino by Naito (try saying that five times fast) and Naito covers for the win. Interview afterwards shows EVIL and he says, “Everything is evil.” Bushi says he has decided to follow Naito.

      The second match is from Block A of the tournament. The team of Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin go up against Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi. Elgin and Yoshi-Hashi kick off the bout. Elgin throws Yoshi-Hashi across the ring and flexes his bicep. Yoshi-Hashi against the ropes, tries a shoulder tackle but Elgin doesn’t move. He slams Yoshi-Hashi and then drops him with a gorilla press. Vertical suplex and Yoshi-Hashi is reeling. Cover by Elgin, but a kick out. Tanahashi tags in and calls out Okada. Yoshi-Hashi tags him in and they go at it, eventually spilling out of the ring an into the crowd. Ref starts a 20 count. Both get back to the ring at 18. Okada tags Yoshi-Hashi in and he plants Tanahashi, who seems to be singularly focused on Okada. Tanahashi fights back and gets Elgin tagged in. He punches Yoshi-Hashi multiple times and slams him into a cover. Kick out at two. Yoshi-Hashi blocks a powerbomb attempt and tags in Okada. Okada goes to work on Elgin but he manages to tag in Tanahashi who puts Okada down and locks in a cloverleaf submission. Okada fights out and the two keep battling as we head to a commercial break.

      When we return, Yoshi-Hashi and Elgin are fighting. Yoshi-Hashi gets a quick cover on Elgin but he kicks out early. Okada and Yoshi-Hashi tag team Elgin. They plant Elgin and Yoshi-Hashi tries another cover, but Elgin kicks out. He turns the tables and picks up both men. He slams them both and the crowd applauds. That was a really great spot. The crowd starts a chant for Elgin. Elgin then powerbombs Yoshi-Hashi off the top rope. Cover, but Okada breaks it up before the ref can count to three. Yoshi-Hashi rolls up Elgin and almost gets a pinfall. Yoshi-Hashi hits a reverse DDT and then climbs the top rope. He tries a dive off, but Elgin rolls out of the way and Yoshi-Hashi hits the mat hard. Multiple kicks by Yoshi-Hashi and he puts Elgin down for another near fall. Elgin and Tanahashi team together to put Okada down. Elgin powerbombs Yoshi-Hashi into a cover and gets the three count. After the match, Okada and Tanahashi stare each other down. Tanahashi gets on the mic and says Elgin is an amazing partner.

      Very fun episode of New Japan Pro Wrestling. When you see really good tag team action, it makes you remember how weak some other promotions tag divisions are. Tanahashi and Elgin, although fighting their first match as a team, really put on a great show. They are a good duo. Both matches were entertaining and told excellent stories. Thanks once again to Jim Ross and Josh Barnett for their wonderful commentary that only adds to the program. As of right now, my DVR shows another new episode will be on next Friday. We’ll see you then.


Article by Jamie Curtis Baker20140601_175649

@MrNotWell